from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A space that is or may be occupied: That easy chair takes up too much room.
  • n. An area separated by walls or partitions from other similar parts of the structure or building in which it is located: the first room on the left; an unpainted room.
  • n. The people present in such an area: The whole room laughed.
  • n. Living quarters; lodgings.
  • n. Suitable opportunity; occasion.
  • intransitive v. To occupy a room; lodge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Wide; spacious; roomy.
  • adv. Far; at a distance; wide in space or extent.
  • adv. Off from the wind.
  • n. With possessive pronoun: one's bedroom.
  • v. To reside, especially as a boarder or tenant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Spacious; roomy.
  • n. Unobstructed spase; space which may be occupied by or devoted to any object; compass; extent of place, great or small
  • n. A particular portion of space appropriated for occupancy; a place to sit, stand, or lie; a seat.
  • n. Especially, space in a building or ship inclosed or set apart by a partition; an apartment or chamber.
  • n. Place or position in society; office; rank; post; station; also, a place or station once belonging to, or occupied by, another, and vacated.
  • n. Possibility of admission; ability to admit; opportunity to act; fit occasion.
  • intransitive v. To occupy a room or rooms; to lodge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wide; spacious; roomy.
  • Far; at a distance; wide, in space or extent; in nautical use, off from the wind.
  • To occupy a room or rooms; lodge: as, he rooms at No. 7.
  • n. Space; compass; extent of space, great or small: as, here is room enough for an army.
  • n. Space or place unoccupied or unobstructed; place for reception of any thing or person; accommodation for entering or for moving about: as, to make room for a carriage to pass.
  • n. Fit occasion; opportunity; freedom to admit or indulge: as, in this case there is no room for doubt or for argument.
  • n. Place or station once occupied by another; stead, as in succession or substitution: as, one magistrate or king comes in the room of a former one.
  • n. Any inclosure or division separated by partitions from other parts of a house or other structure; a chamber; an apartment; a compartment; a cabin, or the like: as, a drawing-room; a bedroom; a state-room in a ship; an engine-room in a factory; a harness-room in a stable.
  • n. Particular place or station; a seat.
  • n. A box or seat in a theater.
  • n. Family; company.
  • n. Office; post; position.
  • n. A fishing-station; also, an establishment for curing fish.
  • n. A heading or working-place in a coal-mine.
  • n. The stomach: as, to fill the blubber-room (to take a hearty meal). [Whalers' slang.]
  • n. Synonyms Capacity, scope, latitude, range, sweep, swing, play.
  • n. A deep-blue dye like indigo, obtained by maceration from the shrub Strobilanthes flaccidifolius (Ruellia indigotica, etc.); also, the plant itself, which is native and cultivated in India, Burma, and China.
  • n. Dandruff.
  • n. In coal-mining, a breast; a chamber.
  • n. In salt-making, one of the large stationary pans in which the brine from a salt-well is placed to allow the water to evaporate.
  • n. In wood ship-building, the empty space between two adjacent frames of a wooden ship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. live and take one's meals at or in
  • n. the people who are present in a room
  • n. opportunity for
  • n. space for movement
  • n. an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English roum, from Old English rūm; see reuə- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English roum, rom, rum, from Old English rūm ("roomy, spacious, ample, extensive, large, open, unencumbered, unoccupied, temporal, long, extended, great, liberal, unrestricted, unfettered, clear, loose, free from conditions, free from occupation, not restrained within due limits, lax, far-reaching, abundant, noble, august"), from Proto-Germanic *rūmaz (“roomy, spacious”), from Proto-Indo-European *rowǝ- (“free space”). Cognate with Scots roum ("spacious, roomy"), Dutch ruim ("roomy, spacious, wide"), Danish rum ("wide, spacious"), Icelandic rúmur ("spacious").

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From Middle English rome, from Old English rūme ("widely, spaciously, roomily, far and wide, so as to extend over a wide space, liberally, extensively, amply, abundantly, in a high degree, without restriction or encumbrance, without the pressure of care, light-heartedly, without obstruction, plainly, clearly, in detail"). Cognate with Dutch ruim ("amply", adv).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English roum, from Old English rūm ("room, space"), from Proto-Germanic *rūman (“room”), from Proto-Indo-European *rowǝ- (“free space”). Cognate with Dutch ruim ("space"), German Raum ("space, interior space"), Danish rum ("space, locality"), Norwegian rom ("space"), Swedish rum ("space, location"), Latin rūs ("country, field, farm"). More at rural.



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  • Heard a musician aquaintance use this word to describe the arena or venue of his performance. "They've got a good room there; it was a great gig."

    October 6, 2007